My focus here is on what we experience on our family history journey.
J is for:
Jubilation at making contact with distant cousins, as I have done through my blog. I shall also be Jumping for Joy when I find that elusive birth certificate of my grandmother.
I have enjoyed many Journeys in pursuit of my family history. I admit none of the them were to exciting destinations or abroad, but in Lowland Scotland and the north of England. But no matter where, there is still something special in travelling in the footsteps of my ancestors to find out where they lived, worshipped, went to school, went to work etc
- A-Z Family History Challenge at http://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2012/05/take-the-family-history-through-the-alphabet-challenge/.
- Beyond the Internet at Family History Across the Seas,
- Sharing Memories at http://olivetreegenealogy.blogspot.com/p/sharing-memories.html
- Life's a Journey at http://saveeverystep.wordpress.com/lifes-a-journey-series/
"Don't Jump to Conclusions" is a key lesson I have learnt from family history research. Finding someone with the right name in the right place and around the right date does not necessarily mean it is my ancestor, but it is a call for more corroboration.
I had to include here Jingles. I came across this one in a local history publication when researching the background of my great grandmother's Rawcliffe family from Hambleton, near Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire. It is an area of small villages, epitomised in:
I like to think my great grandmother Maria Rawcliffe (below) was a "bonnie lass"
- and I am glad she did not hail from Stalmine!